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Is a FTTP (trial) negotiated discount still possible?

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RobPN
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Is a FTTP (trial) negotiated discount still possible?

Hi @Gandalf / @Anoush 

 

As subject, I'm wondering if it's still possible to negotiate a discount as I have done successfully for the past couple of years following your advice to do so in the absence of us FTTP trialists being able to contract?

Using your previous advice in this post (as a reminder/starting point for you) I've now phoned Customer Options twice to attempt this, but failed both times due to staff seemingly misunderstanding (I've even quoted your name).  On the second occasion I was told that if I wanted to get anywhere I'd have to re-contract and move my phone line to PlusNet!  I explained that I can't contract and I don't need a phone line for FTTP but he was insistent that that was the way forward.

Perhaps you could clarify whether this is still possible please, and if so, maybe put some sort of ticket info on my account to verify this in case I need to call them again?

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Hi @RobPN 

I'm really sorry for the confusion.

I'm afraid it was never a concrete process to apply discounts for those on the FTTP trial. When you joined the trial you'd have agreed to the out of contract pricing, to the terms of the trial explained here https://www.plus.net/help/legal/fttp-terms/ and that we wouldn't be able to recontract you for as long as you're a trial member.

If you were re-contracted previously, this would've been an error. I know that historically during 2019 we could apply discounts, but that's no longer the case. Also, we've stopped selling broadband only packages a while ago, so even if you weren't on FTTP you wouldn't be able to recontract or have discounts applied to your monthly cost.

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Thanks for your reply @Gandalf , and yes I understand it's not possible to 're-contract' on the FTTP trial as no contract exists in the first place!

But in the past, bearing in mind you've advised us to call Customer Options to negotiate a discount, which is what I did in 2019 and 2020, and I believe at least one of those occasions was after the date you stopped selling broadband only packages.

I refer you to your first sentence from the linked post in my OP;

 


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As a development to this, I've recently got some clarification that we shouldn't recontract FTTP customers, however we are able to provide a discount if appropriate/in line with our retentions processes.


 

So, to clarify, I'm not trying to (and didn't on the previous two occasions) 're-contract', but I'm left wondering why the retention process doesn't apply in this case, i.e. offer me the said discount to retain my custom (which I guess is what 'retentions' is all about)?

 

 

 

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@RobPN wrote:

I understand it's not possible to 're-contract' on the FTTP trial as no contract exists in the first place!


That's not strictly the reason though as it is possible to recontract a combined ADSL/FTTC and phone package when you're out of contract. Plus, being out of contract doesn't mean you're not bound by a contract, as technically it'd be a contract with no minimum term period apart from 14 days notice we'd need if you were to leave us.

Having said that, I may be picking hairs here ^

 


@RobPN wrote:

But in the past, bearing in mind you've advised us to call Customer Options to negotiate a discount, which is what I did in 2019 and 2020, and I believe at least one of those occasions was after the date you stopped selling broadband only packages.

I refer you to your first sentence from the linked post in my OP;


@Gandalf wrote:

As a development to this, I've recently got some clarification that we shouldn't recontract FTTP customers, however we are able to provide a discount if appropriate/in line with our retentions processes.

So, to clarify, I'm not trying to (and didn't on the previous two occasions) 're-contract', but I'm left wondering why the retention process doesn't apply in this case, i.e. offer me the said discount to retain my custom (which I guess is what 'retentions' is all about)?


The important part of that quote is "if appropriate/in line with our retentions processes" and when I said that, it was before we discontinued broadband only packages on 03/12/2019 and as far as I'm aware we've never had a retention policy specifically for FTTP, so if we applied discounts following then, it wouldn't have been in line with process.

For the most part from what I've seen during my time here, a minimum term and/or discounts were added by advisers going outside of actual process. At one point we could apply discounts if we in error provided you with an offer in a pricing refresh email, but that's no longer the case because we don't offer broadband only packages anymore. 

I hope this helps. Smiley

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@RobPN 

With Plusnet preparing to launch a proper FTTP product in the future I would guess that there’s little incentive to retain those on the trial. BT are offering Black Friday deals at the moment.

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The important part of that quote is "if appropriate/in line with our retentions processes" and when I said that, it was before we discontinued broadband only packages on 03/12/2019 and as far as I'm aware we've never had a retention policy specifically for FTTP, so if we applied discounts following then, it wouldn't have been in line with process.

For the most part from what I've seen during my time here, a minimum term and/or discounts were added by advisers going outside of actual process. At one point we could apply discounts if we in error provided you with an offer in a pricing refresh email, but that's no longer the case because we don't offer broadband only packages anymore. 

I hope this helps. Smiley


Thinking about it some more @Gandalf , (and maybe nit-picking myself Smiley) ISTR you first looked into this for us FTTP trialists because it was deemed unfair that we couldn't take advantage of the offers which were being made to those on FTTC as we couldn't 're-contract' like they can.

But thanks again for your replies, and if nothing can be done I guess I'll just have to hang around and wait for that 'imminent' Roll_eyes announcement we're expecting about a proper PN FTTP product and see how the land lies price-wise.

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@RobPN 

With Plusnet preparing to launch a proper FTTP product in the future I would guess that there’s little incentive to retain those on the trial. BT are offering Black Friday deals at the moment.


@Baldrick1 

True, sort of, as long as those on the trial don't up sticks in the meantime.

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Thanks for getting back to me @RobPN 

No problem, it was actually one of my former colleagues who tried to champion the idea we should offer those on the FTTP trial the opportunity to recontract. The thinking behind this was that the terms say you can't recontract, but don't mention the home phone side, so it somewhat became the norm for us to arrange for an adviser to do this. 

However that never made it to standard process and while a great experience for some, not so much for others.

Personally, I'd say it set the wrong expectations and not to mention when we revamped our billing system, the workarounds we used to do for those on the trial were largely no longer viable due to system functionality. 

Aye, let's see what we can come up with FTTP product-wise... Tongue Hopefully you'll stick around until at least then! Smiley

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"Aye, let's see what we can come up with FTTP product-wise... Tongue Hopefully you'll stick around until at least then! Smiley"

 

I'm really hoping full fibre comes soon! I've been with PN for 15+ years and I'm still paying £36/m for 13mb downloads.

I've avoided renewing my contract at a lower price* because I don't want to commit to 18 months when FTTP has been rumoured for so long. I've never been able to get confirmation that the contract could be switched due to lack of info on FTTP.

I could have done the trial as we've had FTTP cables for 4-5 years but was never told about the trial until later one of you guys said I could have done it.

*Lower price is now £23 in line with new customers but previous to this year you refused it